Gaia Spacecraft

Image: Gaia Mission (Some rights reserved) Launched in 2013 to chart the sky to unprecedented accuracy, the Gaia spacecraft has obtained more than one trillion individual observations so far. Observing each star repeatedly, Gaia can measure its parallax – the apparent motion on the sky which is really caused by Earth (or in this case …

Astronomy Day

Logo Astronomy Day is a world-wide event observed each spring and fall around the time of first-quarter moon. Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories sponsor public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our universe. Key LinksAstronomical LeagueLatest Astronomy Day InformationAstronomy Day Fact SheetAstronomy Day Co sponsorsFree …

Astrotourism

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Astrotourism = Astronomical tourism There are plenty of star parties, festivals, and telescope tours around the world. Look up after dark. HeadlinesThe ultimate stargazing road trip – BBCYour Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars – NYTimesThe 6 Best Places to Stargaze in AustraliaThe rise of astrotourism: Why your next …

Astronomy Links

Photo: NASA Marshall, Stars (Some rights reserved) What would those in the know like others understand about astronomy? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: One of our Faves and it’s Free!The Evening Sky Map (@skymaps) is a monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers. In the Skyin-the-sky.org – @intheskyorgMay …

Astronomy

Photo: Grand Canyon NP, Star Party (Some rights reserved) Astronomy = the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole HeadlinesSKA precursor telescope MeerKAT inaugurated in South AfricaEvery point is a galaxy – ESA Planeta.com

Dark Skies

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Dark Sky = denoting or located in a place where the darkness of the night sky is relatively free of interference from artificial light Key [email protected]@haysnightsky Questions How do you translate ‘Dark Sky Week’ in other languages? Bonus points for Indigenous languages during the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. HeadlinesSaving …

European Southern Observatory

Photo: Under the celestial arch The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is the pre-eminent intergovernmental science and technology organisation in astronomy. It carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities for astronomy, in order to enable important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting …

Black Hole

Photo: Event Horizon Telescope, Black hole at the center of Messier 87 Black Hole = a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape 2019: The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) @ehtelescope has released a photo of the event horizon of a black hole at the heart of …

Hubble

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Hubble = space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 Key Linkshttps://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.htmlhttps://www.spacetelescope.org BackgroundThe Hubble Space Telescope has made over 1.5 million observations since its launch in 1990, capturing stunning subjects such as the Eagle Nebula and producing data that has been featured in almost 18,000 scientific articles. …

Space Time with Stuart Gary

Recommended ListeningSpace Time hosted by Stuart Gary, is a journey into antipodean astronomy. The virtual tour across the universe dives deep into the latest science headlines and often includes the countdown of rocket launches for soundscape fans. Gary’s conversations with scientists are inspired bits of eureka moments. The program has a storied history and numerous …